Rodeo 4 Life, Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert will explode in an action-packed arena spectacular in an effort to save lives through funding vital research at the RPA Transplant Institute.
In an Australian first, Rodeo 4 Life will combine electrifying rodeo sports entertainment starring some of Australia’s toughest bull riding champions from all corners of Australia with a full length live concert by seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, performing some of his greatest hits. A dynamic guitarist, vocalist and live performer, Travis Collins has established himself as a leading artist in the Australian music industry.
Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner with a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt. Well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances, Travis Collins continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. “It’s an incredible honour to perform at Rodeo 4 Life. While music, song writing, recording and performing is my life, there is something very special about being part of something bigger that has the power to save the lives of many.” he said.
Rodeo 4 Life will be a thrilling night of entertainment featuring a star-studded line-up of bull riding daredevil cowboys fighting the odds to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money.
Rodeo 4 Life producer Doug Vickers OAM, a long-time rodeo man who’s produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia said, “The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment.”
While Rodeo 4 Life will be exhilarating, Australia’s bull riding champions won’t just be bucking for the grand prize when they burst from chutes on powerful bulls in the ride of their lives; they’ll risk all by ‘riding for a greater cause’ – to raise bucks that can save lives through funding organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute (RPATI).
Doug Vickers is more than a businessman, he’s also a grateful RPA liver transplant recipient who’s doing much more than setting the bar high for Australian rodeo sports entertainment; he’s also increasing awareness of organ donation and funding essential life-saving organ transplant research with 100% of profits dedicated to research at the RPATI. “The most humbling experience I’ve ever had in my life was to receive an organ transplant. I’m so grateful when I think that someone cared enough and had the forethought to donate their organs to others – what greater gift could you possible give to someone than this.” he says.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. RPA Transplant Services has given the gift of life to more than 1940 people in need of liver transplants at either RPA or The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (formerly Camperdown) and performed more than 3000 kidney transplants giving Australian’s freedom from dialysis and a second chance at life. “By inviting Australians to register to become an organ donor and through funding vital research at the RPATI, we’ll be increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted and together we can save more lives,” Mr Vickers said.
Rodeo 4 Life’s cowboy line-up includes bull riding superstars Cliff Richardson (NSW), Troy Wilkinson (NSW), Wade McCarthy (WA), Mathew Bee (QLD), Troy Cross (NSW) and Toby Collins (VIC) who’ll be going for gold to take home the Rodeo 4 Life inaugural title and the grand prize! But these bull riding legends won’t have an easy ride! They’ll be challenged by young gun cowboys already with a string of titles under their belts including; Wyatt Milgate (QLD), Sam Woodall (VIC), Joe Down (VIC), Bryden Atkins (VIC) and Ty Thomson (QLD) – all aiming to smash records to win the Rodeo 4 Life title and the pot of gold!